Plateau re­funds 250m to peo­ple de­ferred from 2013, 2014 Hajj ex­er­cises

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

The Plateau State Govern­ment has re­funded about N250 mil­lion to the state Mus­lim Pil­grims Wel­fare Board as part of hajj fares for about 440 peo­ple who paid to per­form the ex­er­cise in 2013 and 2014 but were de­ferred.

The pay­ees were never re­funded their money nor asked to top it up to per­form sub­se­quent hajj ex­er­cises un­til now.

In­for­ma­tion ex­clu­sively gath­ered by Daily Trust in­di­cated that about 380 of the af­fected pay­ees had each com­pleted about N850,000 to their al­ready N660,000 re­funded by the govern­ment and were sched­uled to make this year’s hajj ex­er­cise. It was also gath­ered that about 50 peo­ple on the list were yet to com­plete their money fol­low­ing which the board had is­sued a time frame ask­ing them to ei­ther com­plete the money or col­lect their re­fund af­ter pil­grim­age.

An of­fi­cial of the board told Daily Trust, “All those on the list had ex­pressed will­ing­ness to com­plete the money but some are un­able to. This has caused the delay but it is likely that some may wish to col­lect their money if they are un­able to com­plete the pay­ment.”

About 1,104 peo­ple from Plateau State are ex­pected to be air­lifted from Bauchi on the 22nd of Au­gust to per­form this year’s pil­grim­age.

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